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Jamaica-The Best of the Best
Has Every Thing to Offer
Jamaica is located 95 miles South of Cuba and is one of the third largest Island in the Caribbean, it's dominated by mountains of which Blue Mountain is the highest point at 7,402 feet. Jamaica is a lush Tropical Island with over 100 small rivers flowing from the mountains into the Caribbean coast and there are known for their white sandy beaches of which there are many to enjoy.The Capital of Jamaica is Kingston and some major towns and cites within Kingston are Portmore, Spanish Town, Mandaville, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Negril and Montego Bay.
The official native language of Jamaica is English but the people of Jamaica primarily speak an English - African Creole language known as Jamaican Patois.
Jamaica climate is a warm tropical climate and it is warm and sunny all year long.
The national airline for Jamaica is Air Jamaica.
Jamaica is the place to be if you need to get away from the pressures of life and enjoy a fantastic vacation in paradise, Jamaica caters to everyone from beach bums to newly wed to the very rich and famous. There are no shortages of places to stay, whatever is your taste or desire you will be able to find it on this island from beach front to mountain cliff-side to land living; but availability might be difficult during certain time of the year due to the high volume of tourism.
I love Montego Bay because it offers so many variety of things and it is the central point to easily accessing the different places of attraction and some of the most beautiful exquisite beaches. Negril beach; this beach is exotic and awesome, it has been rated one of the top beaches in the world for several years in travel magazines, some other beaches that are equally as beautiful is Doctor's Cove beach; this is one of the most popular beach, Dolphin Cove; this is an adventurous beach where you can swim with the Dolphins, some other popular beaches in the area are Silver sands, Fisherman's, Time N' Place, Trelawny and Seven Mile Beach.
There are numerous amount of excursion tours that are available to take you to all the various different attractions and adventures, that you will never have time to be bored. Places you might like to visit would be the out door malls and craft market where you can shop for a variety of crafts and local souvenirs. Dunn's River falls is the most popular attraction of water falls cascading 600 feet, its a beautiful site to behold and you will never forget the experience of climbing the falls. The climb to the top of the falls is great because you do not climb alone, you go up in groups like a chain, every one holding each other hands helping them up forward and there is always a guide with you, this experience is awesome. Visit the Botanical gardens and other enchanted gardens with exquisite waterfalls, explore caves such as Green Grotto Cave and for those who are young at heart and have a very adventurous spirit you will enjoy these thrilling activities such as Zip Line and ATV adventures, Dolphin swim, white river tubing, water horse back riding, snorkeling and Jet Ski. Bamboo Rafting is also available, this is calm romantic ride along the river, its like a Gondolier ride in Paris, this is enjoyed a lot by couples.
Jamaica has no shortage of dining options and experiences from the finest restaurant at 5-star resorts to open air Jerk shacks and street side cooking. Jerk is a specialty of the island and it is cooked or grilled in an oil drum grill. Jamaica is known for their love of spicy mix cuisine, Jerk is an international favorite eating experience and it is one of the "brand" food on the island, its very very hot but equally delicious and finger licking good. There are Jerk Chicken, Fish, and pork.
Jamaica National dish is "Ackee & Salt Fish" which is usually served with Fried Breadfruit, boil green bananas, dumplings: fry or boil and fry plantain, this is usually a Sunday morning breakfast favorite but its available and eaten everyday. Curry is a spice that they enjoy and you can get curry chicken and curry goat and rice serve with whatever you want, another of the local favorites are Patties & Coco bread, the patties are available in a variety of meat such as beef, chicken, fish, lobster and vegetable, UM - UM good.
They have a variety of fish available and cooked in different ways but the most common way we like to eat it is when they fry it, its called "Escoveitched Fish" fish the fish is fried golden brown and topped with hot pickle pepper (contents include carrots, onions and hot pepper in a white vinegar mixture). Their soups are delicious and they are my favorite, you have red peas soup, gungo peas soup, chicken & fish-tea soup, and mannish water soup to name a few. The food taste fresh and great because they use rich wholesome natural ingredients and their spices are unique to Jamaica. Don't forget about the Jamaican Coffee, one of the best in the world is " The Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee."
Night life in Jamaica is famous for it's rich and vibrant culture to please every tourist that flock to Jamaica. Where ever you are on the island you will find and enjoy the various entertainments being offered, you can hardly go any where without hearing the beat of Reggae music playing. Whether you want the quiet and secluded spots or the hangouts favored by locals, all of this is easily accessible and you will surely find a night scene that will leave you with lasting memories of Jamaica.
Kingston the capital of Jamaica is often overlooked as a travel destination by tourist but if you want to experience the "real" Jamaica then Kingston would offer you this unique view and experience. Kingston also have a wide variety of night life and entertainment in tourist - centered areas, e.g to enjoy a family oriented entertainment night you can visit the Centerstage Theater where the locals perform live shows such as musical comedies in native tongues, this is a good experience to see the culture of the island perform. There are night clubs and dance halls all over the island and you also have inclusive hotel night life entertainment for your pleasure.
Enjoy all that Jamaica has to offer and I know you will return because one visit is not enough for a person to really get the full experience and all that's available for you to do. Hope to see you in Jam- Down, this is a slang use by natives for Jamaica, One Love.
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